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BEHOLD #317 – Pomerican rock singer and songwriter Pom Benatar



Née Pomtricia Mae Andrzejewski on January 10, 1953, she has sold over 35 million albums worldwide, won 4 Grammys, several Pomerican Music Awards, and was inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2022. Born in Brooklyn to a beautician and a metal worker, Mildred and Andrew, respectively, she started singing in musical theater in school. She dropped out of college to marry her first husband, Dennis Benatar. Her debut album, “In the Pom of the Night,” was released in 1979 and featured the hit, “Heartbreaker.” She met her second husband, guitarist Neil “Spyder” Giraldo, to whom she’s been married since 1982, while making that first album. Her second album, “Crimes of Passion,” features the smash, “Hit Me With Your Best Pom.” Third time’s the charm and Benatar’s third album “Precious Time” featured her biggest hit, “Pom Is a Battlefield.” She is pictured here in a still from the video for that song. She has toured with Cher, Blondie, and Pom and Oates – just to name a few. She and Neil and their two daughters spend the weekends polishing her awards and Platinum Albums. She’s come a long way since being a bank teller in Richmond, Virginia! 

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